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Poster: Compsurfah_Too Date: Jan 20, 2007 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Where were you??

Q1: Where were you, and what were you doing, the very first time you heard of the passing of Jerry?

Q2: What was the first bit of GD music you listened to, after accepting that you your dis-belief at the passing, was now in truth.

A1: Over-seas, Peace Corps, Nearly ripped the head off of the person who told me... Told him, that if he was lying, I'd "rip his head off."

A2: 9/20/1991.... Set II 2: Help> Slipknot> Fire... Tape no longer exists, but thanks to Archive, it now does not ever leave my digital music player...

RIP, old man...



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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 21, 2007 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Being on the west coast I got the news around 10AM our time. The office staff greeted me at the door and asked if I heard. I did not. My boss told me I could go home(she was at harvard when lennon was shot and her professor gave her a pass) so she thpought to return the favor. I stayed and at lunch was listening to tributes on a local radio station. The obvious choice of "he's gone" was on.

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Poster: darkeyes Date: Jan 20, 2007 6:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Working as a chef in Hershey, Pa. One of my co-workers came out to my station to tell me that it was all over the radio. The Dead blessed Hershey with a killer show in '83. I cant recall what I listened to, but remember that I felt like I lost a good friend. My friend Bridget hosted a memorial party and I remember bringing all my "tapes", at the time, along, because I would play DJ. Wish I could recall which tape I played first. Probably something from around '77. I got ripped that night.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Jan 20, 2007 11:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

I do not remember where I was or what I was doing cause it hurt so goddamn bad- really bad- Thankfully I heard over the radio that a vigil was being held in central park ny at the site where the John Lennon memorial is- and what a scene of tears and joy- joy that heads had come together and the obvious overwhelming sadness I still feel sitting here typing and crying-

I will never forget those people who were there for me and me for them- There was a lot of dead being played from a lot of boxes so it was a snippet of this and a snippet of that- Just perfect I think- the vigil went on at least a week- and I visited several times- It was a good way to see him off

I do not know why, but I played the lottery the next day- pick three- with his reported time of death- and I rarely play lotteries- the f'in number came out straight and box- won $367. Why'd I do that? I dough no- but nothing made sense for awhile......

Like I said in a post about a month ago - I still get pissed when I hear Phil or Bobby is touring- Where are the boys dammit- Where's Jerry? I would be only 7 years younger, right now,if I were still here, than he was when he died ( i think)

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jan 21, 2007 3:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Watching the early morning news as usual. CNN, FOX and the local Frisco stations. Gans showed up on KPFA with an early morning tribute. The phone began to ring. Talked to several friends.

Got stoned listened to some Grateful Dead. That classic 4/29/71 jam with Goin Down the Road was always right in these situations. Don't remember what others I put in the tape deck.

Radio and TV had more Garcia coverage at night. Patrick Leahy and David Crosby were both on ABCs old Nightline and CNNs now defunct CrossFire show. Art Bell even put aside his usual talk about UFOs and aliens on Coast to Coast AM to get his callers feedback on the bad news. I didn't hear very much of Rush Limbaugh's kind of bullshit either...

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jan 22, 2007 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

1. At work at Spectra Photo in the East Village, NYC: an old friend from back home called around to learn where he could find me, and phoned with the news. My knees gave out.

2. I guess the ton of bricks really hit later that night while I sat at the Bear Bar on the upper west side. Uncle John's Band came on the cassette player, and when I heard the line, "I can hear your voice," the tears started to flow.

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Poster: gdave Date: Jan 20, 2007 6:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

I was visiting my father in Houston. I didn't grow up with him and we are not all that close, but he came home from work and said "What's that band that you like?" I told him. "What's their lead singer's name?" I told him. He said "He died today". I did not believe him. He always tells people stuff like this to see if he can get them to believe him.

The next morning, he and I were in the car and he had the Rush Limbaugh show on, and Rush was talking about it. It was then that I knew it was true. The mayor of San Francisco either wanted to or did fly a tie-dye flag at half-staff and Rush took exception to this. His take was why would you want to honor some drug addict this way? Kind of ironic considering what we later found out about Rush, but anyway the whole situation was so surreal: Jerry dead, hearing it from Rush, being with my father.

It was not until a couple weeks later that it hit me. I don't remember what I listened to first, but I very distinctly remember when it actually hit me: a couple weeks later I was at my apartment listening to 9-16-87 and the He's Gone reduced me to a blubbering mess.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 20, 2007 4:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Q1 - Sitting in my office when my good friend called me with the words "the dead guy is dead" - i said what??? he said rather sadly "jerry is gone" i don't remember what i said next other than hanging up the phone after thanking him for the call.

Q2 - not really sure what i listened to after that - i was in shock for more than a few days - have no idea what my listening rotation was although it was damn heavy. lotsa UJB's i'm sure - though i can't verify.

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Jan 20, 2007 5:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Cool posts tonight, Compsurfah. Okay...

A1: State prison, building a blanket chest when a buddy pulled me aside. That night, watching the flood of news footage (etc.) was the only time in my whole stretch that I wept...

A2: ...the next night, alone in my cell, I got a blinding stone on & listened to Reckoning, Dead Set & Euro 72 back to back.

Thanks, Jerry, for all the memories & for all the memories we continue to build with you...

Peace.

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Poster: rippleguides Date: Jan 20, 2007 8:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

I was running a summer day camp for kids and my girlfriend came by to tell me. Wow couldn't believe it. I have never been so lost. I had just mail ordered the fall tour and was a mess. Ended up catching the next flight I could to San Francisco. That did wonders for me. Singing Ripple at the Fillmore was more than a treat and healed me quicker than anything could have.

I don't really remember the first thing I heard except I do remember that at the time I thought I would never forget it.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jan 21, 2007 5:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Q1 - At the golf course where I was working, laying under a fairway mower deck, changing the blades. Guys coming back from lunch break told me they had heard it on the radio.

Q2 - Immediately clocked out and headed home. The local radio was playing Ripple when I got in the car.

Very sad day...

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 20, 2007 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Drive thru at a Taco Bell on lunch break. Drove through without getting my food. Parked the car and just sat in shock for about an hour. I couldn't listen to the Dead for about a month after that.

I seriously can't go through a TacoBell drive-thru anymore without getting shivers.

As I've recommended many times, Patchwork Quilt by Gov't Mule may be the best "The day Jerry Died" song. A must listen, absolutely beautiful.

I never knew you
But then who really did?
If you were at all like me
You managed to keep yourself hid
A patchwork quilt of a life
Memories embroidered
On your soul

So please forgive me
For putting you in my song
But the spirit she moves me
In fact she pushes me along
It's a patchwork quilt of a life
Can't stop the river
Just let it roll

We were at Jones Beach
When we got the word
Saddest sound that I ever heard
The bluest note that nobody could play
Ravens sang with us that night on the stage
Tears of sadness, tears of rage
But nobody spoke, we all felt old
And in the way

So walk beside me
Or above me, I don't know
These days it sure seems
I'm lost where ever I go

God, how could you, I heard someone say
And what do we do with our lives now anyway?
Now that our North Star can no longer be found

But there's a banjo moon in a tie-dyed sky
Hippies dance and babies cry
Church bells ring as a silver-haired angel look down
And the blood of his music runs through the veins of our guitars
Bright lights, Dark Star

I never knew you
But then who really did
If you were at all like me
You managed to keep yourself hid



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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 20, 2007 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

phenomenal Warren song - love playin that on my guitar - one of the tunes that i really get into and zone into even when a couple of people are listening (and i hate playing in front of people)

just a masterpiece of emotion

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Poster: Spaced Date: Jan 20, 2007 6:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

I was in downtown SF working on ab SFSU computer until KFOG's coverage forced me out onto the 7 Haight.

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Poster: JB Date: Jan 20, 2007 6:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

A1 Couldn't believe it. One of the saddest days of my life. Was in shock for weeks.

A2 Morning Dew 5/8/77 still gets me everytime I hear it.

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Poster: bigbossdan Date: Jan 20, 2007 5:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

A1: I was working behind the front desk of the Ramada Inn in Albany when my wife called to tell me. I immediately called by man Tim, who turned me onto the Dead, to talk.

A2: When I got home I know it was Wharf Rat I turned to first, but couldn't swear to the vintage.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Jan 20, 2007 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Unemployed, sitting at the computer in the basement doing job searches and it came up on yahoo or something. Radio stations in town (St. Louis) were all over it asap and were playing continous dead tunes. Went down to a memorial tribute in the big park (Forest Park-Home of the 1902 Worlds Fair) that evening. Crazy scene.Looked like shakedown st. with vans everywhere, music blaring, a radio station van blasting their tunes, just a giant dead fest. Very cool, very emotional. Lots of tears. Genuine loss, but there were mnay reunions of sorts seen in this park. Old friends getting together for the first time in a while, sharing beers, smoke, telling show stories. Very memorable day.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jan 20, 2007 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Working the night shift in those days; was busy sleeping the morning away at my girlfirend's apartment when a girl I'd known since college called with the news. She'd heard it from some co-workers, so I was like yeah, sure, whatever...I rolled back over to drop back into my slumber, then reached over and popped on the bedside radio. They were playing "He's Gone" off Europe '72 and right away I knew it was true.

Beyond that snipet of radio, the first thing I played was a cassette of the second set from Richmond 11/1/85. No real reason- it just happeded to be the first tape my eyes came across.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 21, 2007 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where were you??

Cliff was in his office buying Tuna when his Wall St. friends started calling, just seconds after the news came over Bloomberg.

Cliff had very little reaction at the time (denial).
About six months later, while listening to the electric Ripple from 2/20/71, Cliff broke down...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-02-20.sbd.orf.111.sbeok.shnf